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All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of free early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. 30 hours free childcare will be available from September 2017.

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Short Breaks are running a coach trip this Easter from Yeovil and Taunton to Gympanzees – a fully inclusive leisure facility near Bristol.

The day is for children and young people of all ages, please see the quotes below from young people describing how fab it is!!

Short Breaks are offering the trip for £12 per child to include 3 hours exclusive use at the centre and coach travel and £5 for adults to cover the coach.

Call the office on 01823 358117 if you would like to book a place.

My daughter has had the best holidays ever because of the Gympanzees pop up in our area. After the first session, it became clear that this was something special which both my daughters could enjoy together, and I booked tickets to take them to as many sessions as possible! K is 15 years old and severely disabled with Rett syndrome. She has a wheelchair and needs to be hoisted for all transfers. At Gympanzees she was out of her chair and lying on the trampoline within minutes of arriving! All the volunteers were so welcoming and not phased at all with her disability and were keen to introduce her to as many new experiences as possible. From the trampoline, K was then spoilt for choice with a number of different themed rooms with lots of stimulating things to do. Her favourite was the sensory room with the music and lights and the massage mat for a relax after all that bouncing! She has explored the instruments in the music room, swung in a hammock, watched colourful light shows and had a physio work out on the peanut ball in the gym!

My other daughter C aged 8 (who does not have any special needs) really enjoyed coming with us to the Pop Up too. It is unusual to find something that they can both do together and where they can both have fun. The cafe was a nice treat afterwards too.

We were so lucky to have this facility in our local area for the whole of the holidays and we definitely missed it once it had gone.

Roll on the next one!

I’m 14 years old and I have Cerebral Palsy…..I heard about the Gympanzees Pop Up through my private physio, so I decided to go. It was really fun, and I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the gym. I was able to go on an adapted rowing machine and race my older sister. I beat her! Also, I enjoyed the trampolines with my older sister. Since Gympanzees, I have been doing personal training sessions at a local gym with a friend. I have enjoyed this too and I hope to build on the legacy of Gympanzees. I have been also looking into going to the gym on my own and this could help me with my independence for later life.